Friday, February 25, 2011

Social Entrepreneurship and NGO Start-Up Contest

The American Corner will be hosting a contest to encourage the development of civil society organizations in Tunisia. We will host a Social Entrepreneurship and NGO Start-Up Contest.

For this, students will work in teams to work on and pitch ideas for new NGOs, associations, or for-profit business that serve a socially-oriented purpose or help advance social goals.

The teams will then present their ideas to an expert in the field of NGO management or social entrepreneurship, and the winning team will receive a grant of 400TD as prize money that can be used towards their idea. This contest will take place on Sunday March 13 at 3PM in the American Corner.

Spectators may attend this event to watch the teams' presentations and offer opinions on which team has the best ideas.

This will be similar to our business competition in November but for ideas that have social goals and the ideas don't have to necessarily be for-profit businesses although they can be.

Also, on Wednesday, March 9 at 3PM at the American Corner, Wiem Melki, an alumnus of a social entrepreneurship exchange program to the USA, will present a workshop on social entrepreneurship to help lead teams through the process of starting up an NGO or other social enterprise. Anyone interested in presenting their ideas at the final contest on March 13 should plan on attending this workshop with Wiem.

If you want to participate, please send me your name, e-mail, and phone number as well as those of your teammates. My e-mail is

Ravi Kaneriya
American Corner Coordinator

Bridging Cultures, Building Understanding

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